Emerging from popular Welsh Rock outfit, Amazon, who's supporting credentials included Girlschool & Paul DiAnno, the Classic Rock Outfit brought to the music scene the highest standard of playing & Rock ethos which commanded a loyal fanbase who, to this day, still attend & love there legendary Classic Rock shows.
Throughout the years, Celtic Pride managed to build up an enviable reputation as 'the hardest working & rocking band on the Welsh circuit'! The news travelled over the borders & took Celtic Pride all over the U.K., playing Festivals & major support slots with the likes of Status Quo, The Moody/Marsden band & many more.
As time went on, the band had a few line up tweaks which led to the version of Celtic Pride that spurred an original material Classic Rock album called 'Warzone'. One of the tracks off the album, ‘Streetwise’, was championed by Toni Iommi, ( Black Sabbath), on his Planet Rock radio show, (He bloody loved it!), & many of the songs off this album are still regular features on a few internet based stations!
More intense gigging & a few more tweaks of their members, including a brief appearance from Carl Sentance,(Persian Risk, Geezer Butler Band, Don Airey Band), saw the latest version of Celtic Pride emerge in the latter years!
With Don & Rob, the original dual axe attack brothers & Bob Richards on drums, ( Man , Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith's Untouchables, Shy, Asia, Dave Edmonds & many more!), Dom Hill on bass, (Sasquatch, Ockhams Raser & a few more but less than Bob!) & Justin Matthews on Vocals (No Quarter, Nun the Weiser), the now legendary version of Celtic Pride continued to wow audiences with world class solo’s, wailing vocals & one of the tightest rhythm sections that Zappa would be proud of!
After more support slots with the likes of Budgie, Racing Cars & Andy Fairweather Low plus an extra dose of intense gigging & festivals, Including Rock at the Park, Glastonderi, Bowfest & more, the boys, encouraged by the fans & fuelled by Mam’s Welshcakes, started work on their new Album, ‘Light up the Sky’, which includes a guest appearance from none other than Bob’s old band mate, Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)!
The end of October see’s ‘The Pride’ enter the legendary Stir Studios to work alongside producer, Paul Durrant (who’s credits are enormous!) to give birth to ‘Light up the Sky’. It’s gonna be a BIG baby!!
As a city style venue in the heart of a South Wales town, we offer you something that’s both special and memorable.
We’ve always had a huge and lucrative audience for live music. (Wales isn’t called ‘the land of song’ for nothing.)
However, touring musicians have been caught in a kind of limbo. There have been few places that can bridge the gap between a large theatre and the back of a pub. Jac’s aims to fill that gap: it’s a mid-sized custom music venue with affordable prices and a great atmosphere.
It’s a fully accessible building in the centre of Aberdare, within easy reach of the M4 and M5, and a few minutes’ walk from the town’s rail and bus stations. It’s based in the former home of a doctor, which served for many years as the United Services Club (known locally as ‘the Shot and Shell’).
Since then, it’s been transformed into a venue suitable for audiences of up to 300, with an integrated bar, plenty of seating and a large dance floor. You can chill out in the bar, and there’s ample car parking a short walk away.
Our function room can cater for private parties, and we’ll be offering meals and Sunday lunches. We’ve established a reputation for an eclectic mix of live music every Friday and Saturday, our occasional ‘theme’ nights and weekends, and our Pleasant Valley Sundays showcasing the best in acoustic music. We’re proud to host the Blowout indie/alternative nights in Aberdare, and we hope to build a reputation as the ‘go to’ place for musicians and fans alike. Our 8.5 kW PA and 24-channel mixing desk allow us to tailor your sound, while our state-of-the-art lighting rig will show you off at your best. Our Blackstar cabs and drumkit are available as standard – of course, if you’d rather use your own gear, that’s fine
Our extensive network means that we can arrange suitable support acts and provide a DJ to fill in between sets. Our team covers all bases, from hospitality and catering, promotion and networking, social media and online marketing, and (of course) technical support.
Jac’s is the one-stop shop for touring musicians in Wales. Further down the line we’ll be able to offer accommodation and something to soak up the previous night’s beer. The days of living out of the van are long gone (fortunately). We hope you’ll take advantage of the free time to explore our historic town and enjoy the spectacular scenery at the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Whilst every effort goes into ensuring this gig listing is accurate and up to date, always check with the venue before you travel.